Whether you’ve read the full post about our coffee corner here, or you’ve seen the thrice-a-day upload of our coffee corner on Instagram, or oh yah, that time I made a video of myself bopping around my kitchen making espresso, it’s safe to say I’m in love with every inch of that corner. I love the way it pulls me out of bed in the morning, with the promise of caffeine, coconut cream and cinnamon. I love the way James and I can find a way to argue over it, as if that surprises you. I love the new bags of beans that find their way to the left and the new coffee mugs that find their way to the right. The way the chalkboard is never blank, the pitcher never empty.
But it’s been missing something.
Just as I asked a friend what I should add to the wall, my mind lingering to a sign maybe (?) or a large chalk board (?), she asked if I had thought of adding a stand of garland above the coffee corner. I knew if I was going to do that, it would have to be as masculine as garlands get (which isn’t very masculine at all, men aren’t that into garland strands, especially not mine). But I searched, and landed on something so simple, so understated, he may not even notice it at all. Of course, he was home while I made it, so who knows if he would have noticed.
My inspiration was found here, on a woman’s beautiful little home decor/lifestyle/mommy blog. She used a sewing machine, and without a plan, or a sewing machine, I bought the supplies anyway. I sat on the floor with cut pieces of felt wondering what exactly I planned to do with them.
James told me to cut holes in the felt and string the black twine through. I knew I liked him.
For a No-Sew Triangle Garland, You’ll Need:
- 2 pieces of 8×11″ felt in black, 2 pieces in white
- black twine (length of desired garland)
- 1 small piece of cardboard
- pencil or chalk
- small piece of tape
- small nail
- two tacks
1. Using ruler, draw an isosceles triangle on your cardboard and cut out – this will be used to trace triangles on felt with pencil or chalk.
2. Trace and cut triangles on felt. I made six black triangles and seven white triangles. Line them up to see if the pattern meets your desired length alternating the direction of each.
3. Taking your nail, push a hole through the top of all your white triangles. Puncture two holes into the bottom of all your black triangles. You won’t need this nail anymore, it’s just for creating holes in the felt.
4. Place a piece of tape around the very end of your black twine to allow it to easily pass through the felt without fraying (thanks for the tip James).
5. Tie a small knot at the other end of your twine so your felt will stay in place when it gets there.
6. Starting with your first white triangle, string the twine through the hole. Move triangle down string to knot at the end. Tie a knot on the other side of your triangle and secure in place. About one inch away, tie another knot. String the twine through your first black triangle, in one hole, out the other. Tie a knot on the other side to secure in place. Repeat this process until all triangles are on your string, one inch apart, alternating white and black. Tie a knot at the end, tack up on your wall, trim twine. Enjoy!
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